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The Welland Valley Beer Festival: Just one of many events happening in Northamptonshire, says Gregg

The Welland Valley Beer Festival: Just one of many events happening in Northamptonshire, says Gregg

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You know, one of the things people always say to me about our area is that there’s “never anything to do”.

I’m fully aware that there isn’t a Premier League football team or a venue that would attract the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce but I know from experience that there are dozens of events organised every single week.

We have fun days and fetes, carnivals and street markets, dragon boat festivals and huge firework displays.

The events are most definitely there to be enjoyed in Northamptonshire, they just need people to come out and support them.

Last weekend was one of those events that has become a tradition in the decade it has been going.

The Welland Valley Beer Festival has grown, shrunk and grown again over the past 10 years and, this time around, hundreds of people flocked to pubs in Sutton Basset, Rockingham and Gretton among others for a cracking day.

There are always things to do at the weekends locally if you know where to look for them.

At the moment I’m working with colleagues at the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering, the Telegraph, Connect FM and the council to launch a new event – it’s called the Kettering Culture Walk and you can read about it here.

The aim is simple. We want people to have fun, learn some facts about the area, and raise loads of money for charity.

It’s on Sunday, August 18, and we sincerely hope that it becomes an annual event.

It won’t though unless we have support and people take part – even if they just stick 50p in a bucket for the privilege.

I know lots of people who have given this event-organising a crack and given up due to lack of support, so come along and take part in the Culture Walk.

The more we do, the more people will think of our area as the place to be!